Early: Green Green Grass Of Home, Me & My Uncle, High Time, China Cat Sunflower-> Morning Dew, Alligator-> Drums-> The Other One-> Cryptical Envelopement-> Slewfoot, Cosmic Charlie;
Late: Old, Old House, Sittin' on Top Of The World, King Bee, Dire Wolf, Mama Tried, High Time, Dupree's Diamond Blues, Yellow Dog Story, Dark Star > St. Stephen > The Eleven > Lovelight
--Garcia plays pedal steel guitar on Green, Green Grass, Ol' Slewfoot, Old, Old House, and Dire Wolf
--first known version (as of Jan 2003) of High Time in the early show
--only known version of Old, Old House
--High Time in the early show cuts out with perhaps a minute missing
--reel flip at 0:15 in Drums
--reel flip at 0:50 in Cryptical Envelopment
--significant cassette flip at 4:52 in Dark Star
--Sound Forge was used for pitch correction and normalization for both early and late shows
I was 15. We were hanging in the East Village, saw the names on the Fillmore East's marquee, and just walked up to the window and bought our tickets right before the show. The Buddy Miles Express opened, followed by Savoy Brown, then the Dead. I had heard of the Dead but didn't know their music, so when they came out with acoustic guitars and a pedal steel, I thought at first they were a country rock band like the Byrds. I had no idea what any of the songs were, except for "Green Green Grass of Home," so it wasn't until I discovered this recording decades later that I found out what they had played. Turns out it was a damn good show. Too bad the recording isn't better.
One oddity: The Fillmore East had two shows a night at the time, so I only got to see the first set, which was probably the case for just about everyone else in the audience. If you wanted to see both sets, you had to buy tickets for both shows, and there was no indication that the second show would be different (I guess you probably knew if you were already a Deadhead). The first show didn't end till at least 11, so the late show probably didn't end till almost dawn (I'm pretty sure the opening acts played both shows).
BTW, tickets went for 3 to 5 dollars.
June 24, 2012 Subject:
An undownloadable stream with unlabeled tracks,
this recording is not a keeper, but parts of it are a good listen. The first set is an audience tape, and a very muddy one, but probably the better half performance-wise. The second is a very crisp, clear soundboard, but incomplete and not as good a show. Very historical.
November 16, 2006 Subject:
I'm checking the Warehouse show in New Orleans Jan 31, 1970. They play Old Old House there too. I weep that i did not go into NYC at the tender age to see this show so close to my birthday.
The country and pedal steel playing must have thrown the old heads for a loop. Merle Haggard? But the pedal and Bob singing Dire Wolf are too cool!
April 7, 2006 Subject:
The day it all started
This show is from the day my parents got married and it stands the test of time just like they do. Unfortunately the first set is almost unlistenable, sound quality-wise, though, the second set more than makes up for it, right from the start with a rare rare performance of old old house. also the king bee on this show is smokin. this is a classic show if you like the nashville/memphis style dead.
February 19, 2006 Subject:
first 3 songs offer view to future
the same way the jamming has progressing, so it the notably mellow vibe of the first 3 songs...they are expanding in many ways, rapidly..the transistion to the primal china cat and it's jam (classic 1969)from a mellow country vibe is symbolic of things to come.
May 4, 2004 Subject:
It is really too bad that this is the best availible copy of Set 1. It is tough to listen to, really tough at times, but is such a great set from this period. This second set is good all around and I'd say download this show regardless. Enjoy
April 25, 2004 Subject:
my kingdom for an upgrade
this is one of those shows that i really wish an upgrade would come along for (at least the first set, anyway). green green grass is so sweet sounding i wish it hadn't have gotten shelved.